More charges have been filed against James Taylor Carmichael, 42 of Rome. Carmichael was arrested last month in Chattooga County and later booked into the Floyd County Jail for numerous armed robberies around northwest Georgia. This week, Floyd County authorities also charged him with the armed robbery of A-1 Food and Beverage back in January.

Reports said that Carmichael, allegedly like several other robberies, entered the establishment and robbed it at gun point.

He is also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, two counts of aggravated assault and wearing a mask or hood which conceals the identity of the wearer.

The approximate value of the stolen items is $400.


James Tyrone Carmichael, 42 of Rome, is now facing an additional charge of armed robbery after his initial arrest last week. Reports said that Carmichael was charged with the robbery of Garden Lakes Food Mart back on January 25. Reports said that he entered the business with his face concealed by a hooded jacket or mask. He then pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money, according to the arrest warrant.

Carmichael left with close to $500.

He and another man were arrested at the Carousel Inn in Trion last week.


The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office recently received a tip from a citizen regarding the armed robberies that had been occurring throughout the area. A follow up resulted in law enforcement going to the Carousel Inn located in Trion. Officials made the motel guest evacuate and the suspect’s room was placed under surveillance. A short time later, a search warrant was obtained for the room. After unsuccessful attempts to contact the occupants of the room, entry was made. As a result of the search, Officer’s placed the occupants under arrest for possession of methamphetamine.

A further search of the room resulted in items being located that are believe to be associated with several of the armed robberies that have occurred in Chattooga, Walker, Floyd and Whitfield counties.

Investigators are working together to examine and evaluate the items that were recovered from the room.

There was a firearm located in the room which fits the description of the firearm used in several of the armed robberies. “It appeared that during the time we were waiting for the search warrant, the occupants attempted to burrow their way from one room to another. Their attempt, however was thwarted by a block wall”.

Arrested were James Tyrone Carmichael (42) of Rome, for two counts of Armed Robbery, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Jake Lee Skuse (26) Leesburg, Al, on charges of Armed Robbery, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.